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J7W1 Shinden prototype aircraft at rest, circa Jul 1945, photo 1 of 4

Caption   J7W1 Shinden prototype aircraft at rest, circa Jul 1945, photo 1 of 4 ww2dbase
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Added Date 31 Jan 2012

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
18 Nov 2011 08:48:25 PM


Photographs 1 through 4 show the Kyushu J7W1
Shinden at Wright Field, Ohio USA.
Aircraft is second prototype, but wasn't flown, the first prototype made three brief flights lasting a total of 45 minutes it was later scrapped by the Allies.
The second prototype was shipped to the USA
for evaluation and study. Shinden was to be armed with four 30mm cannons, with 66 rounds per gun in the nose.

No production aircraft were completed before the end of the war. Plans were made for a jet powered J7W2 Shinden-Kai, but the design never left the drawing board.
Kyushu Aircraft Company Ltd. built military
aircraft during WWII. It built its own designs, and those of other firms, but was notable for its radical J7W Shinden pusher fighter, the company originated from the Watanabe Aircraft Co.
After WWII in post-war Japan, the company was renamed Watanabe Automobile Industries it was later dissolved in 2001.

The surviving J7W1, is now in storage at the National Air & Space Museum Washington, D.C. USA. Similar pusher aircraft that flew are
the Saab 21, Dornier Do 335, XP-55 Ascender
and Bell XP-52, to name a few.
2. Anonymous says:
11 Mar 2015 03:14:14 PM

it's been Do 335 jst japanese version

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